Stella McCartney Helping To Launch New Sustainable Fashion UN Charter

November 30, 2018 - 3:49 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Stella McCartney plans to announce a United Nations fashion industry charter for climate action at next month’s climate talks in Poland.

McCartney’s charity, Stella McCartney Cares Green, focused on clothing designers’ efforts to support sustainability efforts. The initiative will build on the designer’s charitable missions by providing vital information on climate change and sustainability.

“Only one percent of clothing is recycled, McCartney’s business — which she started way before the U.N started — doesn't use leather, skin, fur or feathers,” CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk said.  “It recycles, she calls it vegetarian or vegan clothing, and the fashion industry is really catching on.”

McCartney’s charity aims to raise funds to support lawyers and lobbyists fighting environmental causes and provide grants to NGOs.

With the help of the U.N., the charity will also educate new designers and fashion students about working in more environmentally friendly ways.

“We are just at the beginning with Stella McCartney Cares and can’t wait to show the world what we are imagining,” McCartney said of the initiative. “This new platform will enable me to realize a dream I have had for a long time of creating a true open source and empowering the next generation of designers to bring sustainability values into their practices.”

On Dec. 10, the U.N. will announce all of the major fashion brands that have signed on to a new initiative to stop waste, pollution and deforestation, according to Falk.

She notes there has been a surge of support from the American public as there has been an almost 50 percent rise in searches for vegan leather and organic cotton fashion alternatives.